29 April 2012: Let's all celebrate the EU Day of Solidarity between Generations !
The European Day of Solidarity between Generations took place on 29 April. For several years now, AGE Platform Europe and the EY2012 Coalition have been promoting that Day as part of their awareness-raising campaign to encourage politicians at European, national, regional and local levels to promote a society for all ages and to support civil society initiatives on intergenerational cooperation.
Activities were organized end of April to mark the Day with a special emphasis given that 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.
Get involved events launch EY2012 in several Member States
Several Member States organised their Get Involved in March as official launch of the EY2012 in their country. These events involving key politicians, civil society organisations and other stakeholders took different formats and were often an opportunity to present the national programme for the EY2012. A few more launch events were organised in April.
For more information on activities organised in your country, click here.
To access more information about your country’s national programme and EY2012 website click here.
Intergenerational Schools Project « generations@school »
As of 1st March, schools in Europe were encouraged to foster intergenerational dialogue by inviting older people to meet young pupils around the date of the European Day of Solidarity between Generations on April 29th in order to share experience, fears and hopes for the future and reflect together on how to create a better society for all generations. A resource kit - aimed mainly at primary schools - was developed in all EU languages to help teachers organise such debates as part of their curriculum. The most innovative projects were selected for awards.
To access the resource kit in your language click here.
Film competition to promote solidarity between generations
As part of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the European People's Party (EPP) and the EPP Group in the Committee of the Regions have launched a 60 second film competition for citizens of EU member-states and Croatia under the age of 30.
The competition was open until 15 May 2012. Three winners will be selected following a Facebook vote and will be invited to Brussels to see their film screened at a special event which will be take place in November 2012.
EY2012 Journalists’ conference
The two-day Journalists' Conference on the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, organized by the European Commission on March 19th-20th in Brussels, attracted over 80 journalists, experts and EU officials from 22 Member States to discuss the perception of ageing by the public and the media in Europe, the way European journalists report on demographic ageing, and the vision they promote of older people.
The conference included a panel session on “age as a state of mind”, in which AGE President, Marjan Sedmak, who was journalist, was invited to take part. This was followed by a series of interactive workshops with high-level experts covering four topics: innovation and technology, dependency and care, work and pensions, and politics and society.
During the workshops, the following issues (among others) were highlighted:
· the role of the media in fighting stereotypes and avoiding attacking one prejudice with another,
· the need to create more opportunities of communication, interaction and cooperation between the different generations to avoid prejudices,
· in the field of employment, the need to adapt working conditions and further explore the balance between “fairness” and “effectiveness”,
· the strong gender dimension in the employment and pension fields,
· the importance of informal care and the current decrease in volunteering activities,…
László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, also came on stage for a Q&A session with participants, in which he pointed out the issues of pensions and youth unemployment as two emergency issues and highlighted added value of the EU in allowing long-term strategy to tackle long-term challenges and stressed the role of the media in helping achieve a better understanding of the issues at stake.
Join the EY2012 Media Network
An EY2012 Media Network, intended for journalists and key media outlets, has been set up by the communication team in charge of the official EY2012 campaign and website. Journalists can register now to receive regular news and updates on events and action linked to the European Year 2012.
Please, follow this link to register.
15 March 2012, AGE THEMATIC SEMINAR on age-friendly labour market and social protection systems, Brussels
This thematic seminar, the first of a series of three co-organised by AGE and the Committee of the Regions to mark the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, attracted many different EU, national and regional stakeholders from the public and private sectors. A report of the event can be read in the Special Briefing on page 7 of the March CoverAGE.
Photo competition on EY2012
The PES Group in the Committee of the Regions (CoR) is launching a photo competition open to Europeans aged 18-108, inspired by the theme of the European Year 2012. Amateur photographers are asked to send in a photo that illustrates the way they perceive senior citizens taking an active part in society and developing their potential.
The competition runs from 1 March until 30 June 2012.
For more information on the competition and promotional material, visit the website of the competition
EY2012 Promotional Materials
If you have an activity relating to EY2012 and would like to use the official logo, posters or video, all this promotional material can be downloaded free of charge from the EY2012 website by clicking here. The material is available in all official EU languages.
EY2012 Coalition leaflet and Manifesto available in more EU languages
The updated version of the leaflet of the EY2012 Stakeholders’ Coalition ‘European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012: Everyone has a role to play!’ is now also available in Spanish and Italian.
The EY2012 Coalition Manifesto for an Age-Friendly European Union by 2020 is now also available in the following EU languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Netherlands, Slovenian and Polish by clicking the link below.
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